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Receding Reservoir

Drought Shrinks Phillips Reservoir For Second Straight Summer

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald Smoke from regional forest fires lends a fiery glow to a sunset at Phillips Reservoir, southwest of Baker City, earlier this week. The reservoir is about 14 percent full.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker County’s Phillips Reservoir is hardly the only body of water in Eastern Oregon that’s looking emaciated on these sunny late summer days.

But this is the first time in nearly a decade that the reservoir, a vital source of irrigation water for Baker Valley farms and ranches, has been so shrunken in consecutive years.

Phillips, a Powder River impoundment about 17 miles southwest of Baker City, has had one lean year in the past 10.


Baker Schools Superintendent discusses state test results

By Chris Collins

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State school test results, released Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Education, are just one gauge of student performance, says Superintendent Walt Wegener.

And not one that particularly guides the Baker School District’s improvement efforts, he added.

“We have our own internal diagnostics that are useful and inform our teaching,” he said.

Wednesday’s test results showed little change in Baker School District student performance.


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